Fr. Tom’s Reflections

September 1: Humility is Exalted

In the Liturgy today the virtue of humility is exalted. Conduct your affairs with humility, we hear from the book of Sirach. Those who exalt themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted, Jesus says in the gospel. Humility is defined as "modest opinion of one's own importance or rank." C.S. Lewis said it this way: "Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less."

Jesus himself is the great model of humility. He humbled himself to share in our human nature. He joyfully and lovingly served those he encountered while on this earth. Now that he is exalted in heaven he intercedes for us with redeeming love and saving grace.

What is especially striking to you of Jesus' humility? Who is a genuinely humble person you know? How are you called to embrace the virtue of humility?





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